Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1085

Introducing the Hamilton series!

The Hamilton Award, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science, is awarded annually for the encouragement of scientific research by early-career researchers currently based in Aotearoa. This prize is associated with the Hamilton Lecture every third year, but this year we will be introducing our 2016 to 2018 winners digitally:
  • Physicist and self-confessed minimalist, Dr Miro Erkintalo, who takes "tweezers" to laser light, was presented the Hamilton Award in 2016.
  • Dr Ian Hamling, an action-film enthusiast, is a geoscientist who studies earthquakes from the sky, and the winner of our 2017 Hamilton Award.
  • 2018 Hamilton Award winner, Dr Maren Wellenreuther divides her time between her three children, the outdoors, and the lab, where she is working to develop a new aquaculture-ready species for Aotearoa.
In three videos and interviews, Miro, Ian and Maren share what it is like to win the Hamilton Award, how to draw balance between personal life and research, their hopes for the future, and what it is like settling down on the other side of the world.
Watch the videos

Research Funding COVID-19 updates

Royal Society Te Apārangi is taking steps to minimise the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations. We are doing our best to ensure that the Society remains operational during this exceptional period. Please see updates for more information on our current funding schemes. 


New Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand special issue

The special issue is dedicated to the field of dentistry. It is titled 'The future of dental research in New Zealand: Challenges, progress, and new technologies' and is guest edited by Jonathan Broadbent and Carolina Loch. 


New social sciences journal issue

A new issue of Kōtuitui has been published. Article topics include community-led climate initiatives, practice of restorative justice, ethnicity categorisation methods, and Māori experiences of discrimination.


Meet Joshua Richards, a Talented School Student alumni

Joshua was selected to attend the International Summer Science Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Five years later, Joshua is studying a Masters in Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He reflects on the experiences and opportunities that have led him to where he is today.

Read more 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Royal Society Te Apārangi's medals and awards nomination date extended
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the closing date for nominations for all medals and awards for the 2020 round has been extended to 30 April 2020 but early nominations are welcomed. 
@Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Otago scientist joins international Covid-19 team
An Univeristy of Otago scientist specialising in smell and taste has joined an international team scrambling to gather data about early warning signs of coronavirus infection.
Karoline Tuckey @RNZ
Fantastic breeding season for one of New Zealand's rarest birds
The kākāriki karaka (orange-fronted parakeet) is making a comeback with the most successful breeding season in more than a decade.
Emma Dangerfield @Stuff
New members appointed to National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
The Minister of Agriculture recently appointed Sandra Faulkner, Peter Mason and Professor Craig Johnson as new members.
@Ministry for Primary Industries
Ancient teeth reveal Bronze Age gender inequality
The University of Otago-led research project analysing 2500-year-old teeth has thrown open a window onto life and gender inequality during Bronze Age China.
New book tells story of ‘Disaster on Four Small Paws’
Dr Carolyn King FRSNZ has spent a lifetime studying New Zealand’s introduced mammalian predators and is recognised as an international expert on mustelids. Her book on invasive predators in Aotearoa can now be accessed online.
Kate Guthrie @Predator Free NZ

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Contribute to UNESCO’s Open Science Recommendation

UNESCO has been tasked to develop an international standard-setting instrument on Open Science. It is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science, and identify concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data. The International Science Council invites you to add your input for the development of UNESCO Open Science Recommendation. 

Closing date: 30 April
Organisation: International Science Council

Congress of History of Science and Technology: call for proposals

Symposia organisers are invited to submit proposals for consideration and inclusion in the scientific programme at the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology. 

Closing date: 31 May
Organisation: International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Entries open for 2020 Ryman Prize

This international prize with the value of NZ$250,000 will be awarded to the world’s best discovery, development, advance or achievement that enhances quality of life for older people.

Closing date: 26 June
Organisation: Ryman Prize Foundation

Promotion of grants for networking and "Travelling conferences"

The German Federal Ministry of Education is funding exploratory trips of German universities and research institutions for the establishment of cooperation with partners from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The individual “Travelling Conference” should be developed as an 8-10 day tour involving up to three partners in three different countries.  At any destination, a workshop is organised by the hosting institution to exchange expertise and interest, while collaborating on a topical research issue

The maximum funding amounts to $40,000 (Euro). Eligible applicants are German universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutes. 

Closing date:  8 June
Organisation: BMBF

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